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[pan-ther] /ˈpæn θər/
noun, plural panthers (especially collectively) panther.
the cougar or puma, Felis concolor.
the leopard, Panthera pardus.
any leopard in the black color phase.
Informal. a very fierce person.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 43-ton (39 metric tons) German tank of World War II with a 75mm gun as its main armament.
fierce; strong and violent.
Origin of panther
before 1000; < Latin panthēra < Greek pánthēr; replacing Middle English pantere (< Old French < Latin) and Old English pandher (< L)


[pan-ther] /ˈpæn θər/
1965-70 Unabridged
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  • "I have no friendship with spies and traitors," growled the panther.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He's not so large or tall, but quick and springy, and muscled like a panther.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Omneys shot at the panther, however, struck its right shoulder instead of a fatal spot.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • On her way a panther met her, and asked where she were going.

  • In 1891 I was once much annoyed to find that a new kind of bait with an additional attraction had been quite ruined by a panther.

  • “A panther has devoured our mother and our brother,” said the girls.

  • She knew the ferocity of the panther very well, and trembled lest the sleeper should move, or twitch a muscle.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • “A panther has devoured our mother and brother,” said the girls.

British Dictionary definitions for panther


noun (pl) -thers, -ther
another name for the leopard, esp the black variety, which is known as the black panther
(US & Canadian) any of various related animals, esp the puma
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pantère, from Latin panthēra, from Greek panthēr; perhaps related to Sanskrit pundarīka tiger
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Word Origin and History for panther

early 13c., from Old French pantere "panther" (12c.), from Latin panthera, from Greek panther "panther, leopard," probably of Oriental origin. Folk etymology derivation from Greek pan- "all" + ther "beast" led to many curious fables.

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Slang definitions & phrases for panther

panther piss

n phr,n

Raw and inferior whiskey; rotgut (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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